RAGGA PUNK METAL! Skindred is quite simply unlike anything you’ve heard. Elements of Metal, Dancehall, Punk, and Drum & Bass, all swirling into a concoction of lethal addictiveness. Their debut CD Babylon was produced by Howard (POD) Benson, mixed by Rick (INCUBUS) Will and has to be one of the most important and impressive releases in heavy rock in years. In an era of fakes, frauds and imitators, Skindred delivers.
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Skindred has already been winning over crowds in Europe with their intense RAGGA METAL sound. This band makes Metalheads, Punks and Dreadheads rock out to the same song…. this is the true meaning of “unity sound.” After spending 2 years demoing over 40 songs and building up a powerful live set, the band toured supporting the likes of Soulfly, One Minute Silence and Fishbone to name a few. The album was only released in a few territories in Europe but was met with great critical acclaim. Skindred went onto support Soil / Adema and P.O.D / Ill Nino on two major European tours, and played a storming set at the Ozzfest UK 2002.
With songs like Nobody, Set It Off, Babylon and Selector this band is so far apart from the pack that any attempt to describe or categorize them is an exercise in futility. Where Bad Brains meets The Deftones, where Bounty Killa meets The Police, where 311 meets System Of A Down, this is the sonic landscape Skindred calls home US based label Bieler Bros/ MCA had been huge fans very early on and the label lunged at the chance to sign Skindred. They offered them a new record deal for the world, which also involved pushing their debut album BABYLON. “We firmly believe this band could change the face of rock music. Once in a very, very long while a band like Skindred comes along with a record this imaginative, fresh and cutting edge,” said label President Jason Bieler.
Mikey Dee and Dirty Arya joined the band in December 2002 and have been performing live shows and writing fresh material with Dan and Benji ever since. “For us its all about the Music Education Entertainment 100% vibes. We deliver our live set more like a reggae sound system than a metal band but the punches power and hard heavy weight guitars hit just as nasty. All we try to do is bounce up the building, set the pit off making the place buzz with X-sightment Dread heads rock metal heads skank and when we finish with the stage, YOU DONE KNOW that SKINDRED RULE the Original Ragga-Metal style.”
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